How to wipe old desktop, BUT keep operating system intact for a friend to have.

  julius44 16:45 04 May 2011
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Hello good afternoon to you all. I currently have a windows XP desktop purchased since Jan 2006. I've ordered a new desktop via mesh pcs, which should arrive within 2 weeks, a friend of mine wishes to purchase my desktop for £100, and ive said that this is fine with me. Nearly all of my music, files, etc, is already on my external hard drive so thats ok.

My only problem seems to be setting the desktop back to factory settings as I seem to be having problems with this on the desktop...so i'm looking for an alternative way to completely set it back to factory settings BUT retain the operating system on the desktop, as i'm not too sure I still have the re-installation disk......I want to make sure that NOTHING on the hard drive can be gotten to...or 100% erased, but the operating system must be 100% totally intact on the desktop please so that my friend can use the desktop immediately

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:15 04 May 2011

  1. Uninstall everything you no longer require
    1. Remove all folders you nolonger require

    2. Delete all documents phots etc. from the my documents folder

    3. Use CCleaner to clear all temp files

    4. Use CCleaner to clean the registry

    5. Use Cleaner (Tools Drive wiper) to Wipe free space (you can set the number of passes 7 will be good enough so that nothing can be recovered) but it will take along while to complete its probably an overnight job.


  julius44 23:04 05 May 2011

Hello fruitbat and Alan14, thanks you both for your advice, but I have ccleaner on my desktop, and I cant seem to find the tools drive wiper that you have mentioned @ ccleaner at all. Can you put me in the right direction please, many thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:13 05 May 2011

What version of CCleaner? latest is 3.06.1433

Drive wiper is in this and the previous versions.

Open CCleaner. Click Tools (Chest on the left column)

2nd Column bottom option is Drive Wiper

In the Wipe box set to free space only (or you will lose everything)

In the Security box set to NSA(7 passes)

In the Drives Box tick all your drives

  woodchip 09:18 06 May 2011

You nee a Program that Wips free Space after you have removed all the above, but this will not clear every thing, A|s Programs load files all over the place and Regedit stores some Info that is unrecognisable by mere mortals

  woodchip 10:16 06 May 2011

A program hear that will do it.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wipefreespace/

  julius44 18:57 06 May 2011

hello woodchip thanks for your post, but ive clicked on the link for the prgram u mentioned, and it seems kinda complicated to use...from what i'm reading on the home page its NOT straigghtforward to use. I'm looking for something more or less that just 1 click and it does the rest.....with this program it does not seem to be straightforward.....see the link here:

http://wipefreespace.sourceforge.net/

  woodchip 19:03 06 May 2011

Yes you are right, it looks like its been compiled by a Linux Programmer.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:08 06 May 2011

Wiping freespace is what you can do in Ccleaner

  julius44 19:18 06 May 2011

Hi fruitbat, many thanks....I may just use cc cleaner instead(I just recently downwloaded the new version which has the hard drive wipe tool, lol)

I just need to confirm one last thing pls with you.

If follow all the steps that u mentioned below: and set to free space only, will this DEF keep the operating system on the desktop and wipe EVERYTHING ELSE from the PC?? As that is what I want to happen, but operating system remains, and all else is wiped off..so more or less I have the desktop back to factory settings but totally empty. pls kindly confirm many thanks Open CCleaner. Click Tools (Chest on the left column)

2nd Column bottom option is Drive Wiper

In the Wipe box set to free space only (or you will lose everything)

In the Security box set to NSA(7 passes)

In the Drives Box tick all your drives

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:31 07 May 2011

Uninstall All the programs you do not want. Delete all your documents photos etc.

Les28s idea of creating a new use account and using that to remove your account is a good one. Do that Then use CCleaner to wipe freespace as stated and nothing will then be recoverable without CSI very expensive equipment :0)

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